I started playing when I was about 11. I made myself a drum set with some heavy cardboard boxes and I tried to play what drummers were doing on my brother’s records. Then one day he came home with Max Roach’s ”Drums Unlimited“ and my life was marked forever.
My professional career started in the mid-Seventies in Rome, Italy as drummer and percussionist for several artists within the circuit of the legendary club The Folkstudio. Among others: Sergio Caputo, Gianni Mastinu, Mimmo Locasciulli, Dodi Moscati, Muzzi Loffredo ecc.
Member of several Jazz groups, I performed with some of the main figures of the Italian jazz scene of those years: among others, Massimo Urbani, Patrizia Scascitelli, Larry Dinwiddie, Luigi Cinque, Andrea Alberti, Francesco Puglisi, Roberto della Grotta, Claudio Rovagna ecc.
I then moved away from Italy and I based my activities in Denmark and USA from 1980 to 1999, playing with some of the major figures of the jazz scene in Scandinavia: Horace Parlan, Per Goldschmidt, Bob Rockwell, Lars Møller, John Tchicai, Jesper Lundgaard, Niels Lan Doky, Bo Stief, Klavs Hovman, Frank Roberts, Lotte Anker, Thomas Agergaard, Lennart Ginman, Frederik Lundin and Thomas Ovesen just to name a few.
In that period I also recorded for the jazz label Soul Note as a member of the Horace Parlan Quartet.
In 1999 I returned to Italy and since then I started concentrating more into composing and working with sound installations, improvisation, performance art etc.
Now I mostly work with my wife Biancamaria Stanzani Ghedini, a wonderful multi-faceted artist who combines visual and performing arts in a very inspiring way. We work together in creating performances, art installations and anything else that could inspire life. We love sincerity, beauty and simplicity, and place these values before anything else in life.
I must say that I've been extremely fortunate and my musical life has been shaped by wonderful encounters, courses, private tutoring and/or direct apprenticeship with incredible artists such as David Liebman, Elvin Jones, Billy Hart, Marvin ”Bugalu“ Smith, Herbie Hancock, Max Roach, Richie Beirach, Wayne Shorter, Buster Williams, Harold Land, Carlos Santana and Larry Coryell. Thank you, always.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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